Zoo Breeds Rare Mountain Chicken Frogs
A rare amphibian that was once served as a dinner entrée in some parts of the world has been bred at the Detroit Zoo. Three mountain chicken froglets were born in October, marking the second time the zoo has bred the species since it began working to preserve it in 2000.
“It is very exciting and significant that we have bred these unusual frogs, as they are extremely difficult to breed. They are simply fascinating, from their behavior to their size,” said Marcy Sieggreen, Detroit Zoological Society curator of amphibians.
The mountain chicken frog, also called Leptodactylus fallax, is one of the largest frog species, with adults growing up to 8 inches long and weighing up to 2 pounds. Although once abundant in six of the Caribbean islands, the species is now confined to just Dominica and Montserrat. The frog was commonly hunted by islanders for food and is said to taste like chicken, which is how it got its name.
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